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VI. Conclusion

To repair or restore relationships, personal or communal, that have been damaged by criminal or delinquent acts is a challenging goal in any circumstances. When participants in this process, including victims, offenders, and program staff, are of differing cultures, typical patterns of communicating and expressing values can lead to confusion if not complete disruption of the process. To arrive at justice, the views of all parties need to be considered. The likelihood of repair and restoration of relationships is increased by the extent to which differences in communication styles and world views of the participating individuals are examined and understood. It is hoped not only that restorative justice programs will be enhanced by such awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences but also that openness to diversity will enrich the lives of all who choose to participate.

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Multicultural Implications of Restorative Justice:
Potential Pitfalls and Dangers
April 2000
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